The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. This year it is February 18th. It lasts the six weeks leading up to Easter. The purpose of Lent is to emphasize preparation and to help us understand our total dependance on God’s mercy. It is a time of repentance and self reflection.
This is a wonderful time for families to spend together using activities, Bible readings, meals and prayer to focus on the Easter season. Here are some activities that are centered around the themes of Lent that families can do together. You can adjust them to meet the needs of the various ages of children in your home, or with grandchildren.
Consider setting aside one night a week to gather as a family using these activities and celebrate the season of Lent.
Week 1 – PRAYER CHAIN
Gather strips of Paper (40), glue stick or stapler, and pens.
Pass out the strips of paper to all the members of the family. If you have small children who struggle with writing, the adults can write for them. Write someone or something to pray for on the strips of paper. When all the strips have been filled, tape or glue them together forming a chain. Hang it somewhere in your home where you all can see it. Each day during Lent, pull off one of the strips and pray for that need.
Week 2 – MAKE PRETZELS
Click on the link to read how pretzels symbolize Lent and for a tasty activity!
Week 3 – PICK A SERVICE ACTIVITY
This can be something small like paying for the person behind you in line at lunch, or do something bigger like visiting a nursing home to visit the residents. Talk about what is speaking to your families hearts, then make plans and do it!
Week 4 – PLANT SOMETHING
Plant something. Here are some links for ideas:
Talk about new life, and Jesus rising from the grave.
Week 5 – MAKE AN EASTER BASKET TO GIVE AWAY
Get a basket and fill it with Spring or Easter items and treats. Deliver it to one of your neighbors.
Week 6 – TELL THE EASTER STORY USING RESURRECTION EGGS
These are a set of 12 plastic eggs that contain items and scripture that tell the Easter story. You can purchase a set at many local Christian Book Stores, or you can make your own. Click HERE for easy directions to make them.
Maundy Thursday – THE LAST SUPPER
This is the day before Good Friday. Read the story of the Last Supper either straight from Scripture of find a kid’s version. Either way, prepare a nice meal for dinner and read and discuss the story while you eat.
HERE is a great resource that talks about the Easter traditions and provides scriptural basis for our current traditions.
Good Friday – REFLECTING ON JESUS’ DEATH AND RESURRECTION
We celebrate Good Friday on the Friday before Easter Sunday. On this day we remember Jesus’ crucifixion and death on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. The somberness of this day is also filled with the joyful anticipation of celebrating the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday. Here are a variety of ways to celebrate this season.